Poet Ros Barber’s extraordinary novel in verse gives voice to Elizabethan dramatist and poet Christopher Marlowe. She takes the story from Marlowe’s death in a tavern brawl in 1593. Marlowe says his death was a ruse to avoid him being hanged for heresy, that he crossed the Channel to live in exile, spending his days pining for London, and that he continued to write, hiding behind the name of a ‘colourless man from Stratford’ called Shakespeare.
Barber is author of three collections of poetry including Material. She also writes short fiction and, as Dr Ros Barber, has published academic papers on Christopher Marlowe.